Darklandia by T.S. Welti

Manhattan, 2147

Seventeen-year-old Sera Fisk gleefully celebrates the death of her 114-year-old great-grandmother, the last Atraxian alive who still remembers what New York was like before Felicity.

There is only one principle of Felicity: Suffering is optional. Those who disagree or forget this principle, as Sera’s father did, are detained and “purified”. Through the use of the Darklandia virtual reality and mandatory water rations, the Department of Felicity has transformed metropolises all over the country into happy, obedient communities.

Inspired by her great-grandmother’s last words, Sera stops drinking the water rations and is soon recruited by Nyx into a rebel organization in the midst of planning a full-scale attack on Darklandia. When Nyx attempts to override the Darklandia system, he stumbles upon shocking information about Sera and her family. After years of living in a haze of virtual reality and drugs, Sera finds herself running from a powerful surge of raw emotions and a government agency intent on keeping reality a secret. Continue reading

The Cure by T. M. Hunter

Vetrasian scientist Mila Groso built a career out of developing cures for the galaxy’s deadliest diseases. After her husband and daughter are murdered in cold blood, she makes it her mission to find a cure for death itself.

Mila isn’t the only one interested in her research, though. The planet’s religious leader sends his minions to stop her from negating the existence of an afterlife. A mysterious mercenary threatens her life unless she hands the research over. It’s obvious too many people know what she’s doing.

Fighting to stay alive, Mila must fend off both groups with their diametrically opposed goals and find the ultimate cure to resurrect her family. What once was a potential miracle may end up a greater curse than she can imagine. Continue reading

Vanquished by Vivi Anna

Smart and sexy, Kat has the fighting skills of a warrior and the kind of determination few men can match. She’s caught in a post-apocalyptic world where only the rich live well and Kat is determined to be one of them. To make her dream come true and reunite with her daughter, the fearless treasure hunter has to get her hands on a lot of money, and that’s going to take every bit of talent she’s got. With her devoted partner Damian by her side, Kat sets out to make one last big score in a city rumored to be the nesting place of vicious mutants. The stakes are high and they get even higher when she discovers her rival, Hades, is after the same thing. Big, mean, and sexy as hell, he’s the sort of man Kat loves to tangle with, particularly if he can help her in her quest.
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Force of Habit by Marian Allen

The planet Llannonn is known for its courtesy, but when rebellious space academy professor Bel Schuster goes off-limits during shore leave she uncovers the iron fist inside that velvet glove.

Gangster aliens, local law enforcement and highly placed political espionage agents all get into the act, and a tangle of misunderstanding, miscommunication and mistaken identity land Bel in court, facing what passes for a legal system on Llannonn. Please and thank you. It’s not just a good idea. It’s the law. Continue reading

Proud Parents Blog by Meinos Kaen

Henry had never thought he’d be on the run from his own country. He’d never thought he’d be running a blog either. And never in his wildest dreams would he have ever thought of the former being a consequence of the latter.

But it was so. They had tried to shut him up. Him and all the others, but they had been careless. And even on the run, Henry and the Proud Parents Blog have not finished speaking. Continue reading

Lyon’s Legacy by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan

Sometimes being a geneticist isn’t enough to understand your family….

Joanna Lyon is the great-granddaughter of the legendary TwenCen musician Sean Lyon. She may have inherited her ancestor’s musical talent, but her parents’ bitter divorce and her Uncle Jack’s attempts to remake her into another Sean have left her hostile toward her family and music. Her passion is for science, but since she has no access to the family funds, she struggles to earn enough credits for graduate school. Then her uncle sets up a business deal with her employer to make Joanna go on a mission for him: travel via the spaceship Sagan to an alternate TwenCen universe where Sean is still alive. Joanna must collect a DNA sample from Sean so her uncle can create a clone of him. She refuses at first, but finally agrees to go. Secretly, however, Joanna believes her uncle will exploit the clone, and she plans to sabotage the project to stop him. But when she falls in love with one of the scientists in the Sagan’s genetics lab, clashes with other time travelers who fear she’ll change how history develops on the alternative TwenCen Earth, and receives devastating personal news, Joanna will find herself pushed to her limit even before she comes face-to-face with her hated ancestor. Their encounter will leave her changed forever. Will she still be able to thwart her uncle’s plan, and what will she have to sacrifice to do so?

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Black Wraith by Atelier Edge

Lyone, a peaceful city is turned inside out when a horde of strange monsters appear out of thin air. Amidst the chaos, Vincent Crow, a Chevalier for a secret organization to control the situation reluctantly accepts the help from one of the few surviving police officers, a young woman named Gabrielle Dutton.

Upon reaching 37th precinct, Vincent and Gabrielle become aware that by dawn, the organization in order to stop the creatures from invading neighboring cities, they have to destroy Lyone. But can’t leave the city until he completes his mission, and Gabrielle again offers her help; but as they leave the precinct, a large creature breaks into the precinct and assaults against Vincent and Gabrielle.

Narrowly they manage to shake-off the creature, but Vincent is heavily injured during their escape. But despite the injury, Vincent still wants to continue his mission, and Gabrielle asks him why.

Vincent had a normal life, until his father came across a strange ivory cube that turned out to be a summoning device; his family is killed but Vincent is saved by Chevaliers from the organization, he decides to join them to prevent what happened to his family to happen anyone else. During his training years he meets Noah, another young-man with a similar story to his own.

Shortly after their first mission, their mentor, Landis, disappears and considered to have defected to the Sect; a cult that worships the creatures the organization is trying to destroy. Noah is captured during a mission, and betrays Vincent and the organization and sets off with a handful of artifacts from the organization’s vault.

The organization believes that it was Noah that summoned the creatures that took over Lyone, and to clear his name, Vincent accepts joins the mission.

But the real culprit is a man named Raphael Vaz, a microbiologist that was captured along with his family by the Sect. During the time he spent in captivity, Vaz discovered a new power that eventually allowed him to escape, and with Noah’s help, carried a successful attack on the organization’s HQ and steal several artifacts he needed to complete his research.

In Lyone he found everything he needed to continue his experiments and summoning the creatures that lay the city to waste was part of his plan; but he didn’t count on that the “Black Wraith,” would be summoned as well. The Wraith killed Vaz, but his soul was carried into another body by a shadow creature he had been working on since his imprisonment. He was relieved when the Wraith attacked Vincent in the 37th precinct, but Vaz was challenged several hours ago by the police commissioner, and after getting killed second time, he broke into the makeshift command center set up by Dario Bevan, the police commissioner and Gabrielle’s uncle.

Vincent and Gabrielle fight the Wraith one last time in the subway lines of the city, later they split up: Vincent will head to the old-museum where the relic he was sent to recover can be found, while Gabrielle heads back and recover Vincent’s airship so they can escape the city.

Vincent’s confronts Vaz and his shadow creature, but until he gets rid of the shadow creature, he would never land a hit on Vaz. He reveals a tattoo imprinted into his left arm, a “Nephilim seal,” a powerful curse that sent the shadow creature running and finally kills its master.

While Vincent heads to recover the artifact, Gabrielle has to deal with one last creature. After the brutal fight, he recognizes the creature; Vaz had transformed her uncle into the hideous beast she just killed and vows to get even.

As Vincent races to the rooftop of the old museum, a large, worm-like creature breaks into the old-museum and chases Vincent through the rooftop as the first rays of dawn bathe the hell-bound city.

Gabrielle rescues Vincent just as the bombs were dropping; together they fly into the horizon. But Vincent knows that the nightmare isn’t over yet. Continue reading

Discovery of the Saiph by PP Corcoran

The TDF Marco Polo embarks on its maiden voyage outside Earth’s Solar System leading to the discovery of an extinct civilisation destroyed by orbital bombardment. Deep underground is a mysterious library of alien secrets.

The Terran Republic unravels the clues, forcing its politicians, scientists, navy and marines to engage in an epic journey of space exploration, space battles and combat behind enemy lines. They must rally their forces to defend the Earth as they discover ‘The Others’ are coming… Continue reading

Electronic Gags by Kudakwashe Muzira

In the year 2013, when the US House of Representatives passed an online spying law called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing And Protection Act (CISPA), Americans thought this was the worst thing that could happen to their privacy and civil liberties. But then they didn’t know about the electronic gags that would come in the not so distant future.

Now the American government has launched what it calls the National Anti-Terrorist Surveillance Program (NASP). If people were to be given a choice between NASP and CISPA, they would all choose CISPA. NASP has nothing to do with terrorists. It’s a program that uses hi-tech to ruthlessly suppress the people.

Freddie Young is an overweight wildlife biologist who spends most of his time in the wilderness. But his life changes when the CIB, the president’s ruthless intelligence agency, arrests his best friend, Michael. Michael’s mother accuses Freddie of selling her son to the CIB.

Freddie must prove his innocence and save Michael. Time is running out. Michael is on death row in maximum security prison. The only way for Freddie to free his friend is to bring the government down. But how can he do it when the government is monitoring every citizen with electronic gags? Freddie comes up with a daring plan to use the draconian National Anti-Terrorist Surveillance Program to fight the government. Continue reading